Summer Reading Challenge from Semi-Charmed Kind of Life


Well, I finished the winter reading challenge in just one month, but I’m not feeling as confident about this summer reading challenge (thanks Kristen…) and also, I just had to put a bunch on hold at the library and they had a waitlist. Unfortunately, they also have to come from other counties. I even had to pick books based on what I had access too. Boo.

Summer Reading Challenge

This reading challenge is hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. I really enjoyed participating in my first challenge because it pushed me to read some new books!

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford [Paperback that I own and have been meaning to read.]

10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!)
Well, I’ll have to pick one out when I go to the library!

10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. (If you’ve had a Goodreads account for 2+ years, this will be easy to figure out. If you don’t, do your best to pick a book you’re pretty sure you’ve been wanting to read for years.)
The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi [I purchased this book in 2011 with every intention of reading it, but I only read the short story that was included at the end of the edition, so it’s time to read the actual novel! The edition I have is actually longer because it includes the short story.]

10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014.
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart I don’t read many young adult novels, so I’m looking forward to this! [I put the audio and hardback on hold at the library. Both have long waitlists. Going to have to see which comes in first!]

15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
Yes Please, Amy Pohler [I just picked this one up from the library on audio and was going to read it anyway! If We Were Liars doesn’t come in quick enough, I may move it up to the above category and read another novel because there are plenty of authors who would be new to me!]

15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.)
Home, Marilynne Robinson [I have had this one on audio, waiting to be listened to for awhile. Gilead was so much to process, so I was putting this off, even though I loved Gilead and I’ve had Robinson’s latest on hold forever at the library. So long that they added a “cancel if not fulfilled by” date…]

15 points: Read a book with “light” or “dark” in the title. (Or “lightness” or “darkness.”)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera [I have heard of this book a lot, but don’t know much about it, so no spoilers!]

20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title.
A Passage to India, E.M. Forester [I almost read this for the winter challenge – I forget the category. I have the Audible version waiting.]

20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.
The Civil Contract, Georgette Heyer [The Audible version that I has shows a person riding a horse on the cover.]

25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books.
Of course, I just finished the 5th book in the Dublin Muder Squad series, which would have fit perfectly… ahh…
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1), Jacqueline Winspear [My mom read this book and recommended it. She let her best friend borrow her copy. I am trying to use up my paperback swap credits and just delete my account, so I grabbed a copy on there a few months ago. So, it’s sitting on my shelf!]

25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long. — Submitted by winter finisher Kristen from See You in a Porridge.
The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope [I really have enjoyed most, if not all, of Trollope’s works, and this one has been on my TBR list for a long time. So, perfect chance! I snagged it on the cheap off of Audible using my how to save money on Audible versions of classic books, which you can read here.]

30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it’s worth the most points!)
Daniel Deronda, George Eliot [This is a LONG one… so I picked it up off of Audible.]

Happy reading!

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